Archives for April 2015

Mushroom’s mouth | My annual interview

Last year, Mummy did an interview with me for the first time ever.   It took a while because I got bored of the questions quickly so she had to ask a few a day but I know how much you love to hear from me (and it’s been a while since I last had my say!) so I let her interview me again this year. This time, we did it properly. I sat down and she asked me all the questions (all the questions – so many! *sigh*) and I answered them all while eating my dinner. Don’t worry, I didn’t talk with my mouth full!

So, here you go…

How old are you?

Four. *big grin*

When is your birthday?

It was at nursery. I had it already. (Mushroom had a little party at nursery the day before)

What did you do for your birthday?

Go bowling with Strawberry*!

Why do you like bowling so much?

Because I just like it. I like when I throw the ball, like this… *mimes bowling*

What’s your favourite colour?



Yes. Blue.

What’s your favourite shape?

Triangle. It’s got three sides.

What does ‘I love you’ mean?



Nothing. Just I love you.

What is love?

*says friend’s name* and I just love you.

What’s your favourite TV programme?

Let it go! (Frozen), Spiderman! Oh, and Turtles (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

What’s your favourite activity?


Um, what’s that?

Nothing. I like umbrellas. Um… Cars. But you can’t play with the old cars any more. They’re not there.

What happened to them?

They’re not there. I miss them.

What do you like to do best at the park?

Slide. Climb.

Do you like sleeping?

Yes. I’m sleepy now. *pretends to fall asleep*

How old is Mummy?



No. Four.

…and Daddy?

Three… No, 90! *checks reaction* Four..?

What do you like best about nursery days?

Going on the bouncy castle. You can only have two people each time. It’s just a short time. You have to take turns.

What do you like best about days at home with Mummy?

Playing in the park.


*rolls eyes and turns away to indicate interview is over*

As Mummy didn’t ask me about school (I know, can you believe it? She said she wanted the questions to be the same as last year or something), I’ll come back again another day to share my thoughts on that – sometime before I actually start. I hear I will have to go all day, every day! Crazy. Not sure how I feel about that so like I said, I’ll be back. Watch this space.



Nature in the city 11: We’re going on a bug hunt!

Ok with that title, you know where this is going…!

NatureReserve_MotheringMushroomLately, with the lovely weather we’ve had this past week, I’ve often exclaimed, “What a beautiful day!” Mushroom always follows this with, “We’re not scared!”

So, we’ve been on a few bear hunts lately! There is some swishy swashy grass near us that’s perfect for playing this game and much as we both love pretend play, when I suggested last week that we make it a real hunt… A bug hunt – Mushroom loved the idea! So we headed to the old East London Waterworks, which is now a nature reserve.

We stopped to play our version of Pooh sticks at the river (we used wild flowers, which makes for a prettier result not apparent in this photo!)…


…before heading to the minibeast hotel. We did see a few ants and plenty of bees but no ladybirds, unfortunately!

As this week’s mission was to find bugs we didn’t go to the viewing platform to see the ‘special’ ducks but here are a few photos from the last time we went, to give you a taste!

We did, however, pop into the cafe for lunch and to say hello to the fake ducks and educate ourselves.

Although this bug hunt was a little disappointing, Mushroom wasn’t fazed. The next day we only popped out quickly to the shop but Mushroom was still on his bug hunt mission… And he wasn’t disappointed! As we cut through a car park, he stopped to examine a hedge and discovered this little lovely:


We will definitely we going on a bug hunt again!

I am linking this post up to Coombe Mill‘s Country Kids . Click on the image below to find out more.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Dear Mushroom – now you are four!

Dear Mushroom,

I’ve enjoyed writing these annual letters and looking back on each year at how much you’ve grown and how far you’ve come. Every year you grow into so much more of yourself and it’s lovely to watch and record.

Now you are four_MotheringMushroom

This year feels a bit different. You have now been at the same nursery for three years and in September, you’ll be starting school. That feels massive for me! We just found out this week which school you’ll be going to, and that your close friend who lives just around the corner will be going there too. You’re happy about this, I think but some days you can’t wait to start school – “I’ll have a uniform Mummy!” (you love the idea of a uniform, I think to you it says ‘I’m a BIG boy!’ – but others you can even get a bit tearful, saying things like “I never ever want to go to school! I just want to go to nursery and stay with Mummy!” I suppose it’s a little like that for me too. I want you to go to school, to learn new things, make new friends and enjoy this new adventure… and yet, at the same time I’ll miss our Thursdays and Fridays together, that special me and you time we’ve managed to preserve, before you head into your school years. We’ll both be ok though, we have a few months to ease ourselves into the idea!

Mushroom's favourite exhibition piece! *click for source.

Mushroom’s favourite exhibition piece!
*click for source.

Although four is a big birthday, we didn’t have a full on party this year but you did have your share of treats! We marked the occasion by visiting the Art of the Brick exhibition  a few days before your birthday, to foster your enthusiasm for Lego bricks before giving you loads of Lego for your birthday, with which you love creating things, having only had mega blocks and duplo up until now. On the day itself, we headed out with your friend Strawberry* for your new favourite activity (since New Year), bowling! You were very proud to be able to show Strawberry (who had never been bowling before) how it’s done… As well as some of your best breakdancing moves.

Over the weekend you spent a day with Auntie L, with whom you made this beautiful mug for me, and plate for Mr B, at Creative Biscuit.

Perfectly imperfect

Perfectly imperfect

When you presented me with the mug, you were quick to tell me that “It’s not supposed to have this bump here” and that “It was supposed to be more orange there” but I was just impressed that you had put so much thought into it – you painted it green because that’s my favourite colour, with an orange handle because “you like it a lot and it makes you feel happy but it’s not your favourite.” All these little details you remembered and considered. It’s one of the most thoughtful gifts I’ve ever received and the imperfections make it even more perfect in my eyes.

So, what’s new? Well, your main interests haven’t really changed; you still love all forms of transport (planes, trains, cars, your scooter and the bike we still haven’t got round to buying for you!) anything creative (cooking, drawing, painting and sticking) and cleaning (which is actually quite helpful now – you even wash your own dishes better than I do!). You still love singing and dancing and your sense of humour is developing along with your use of language.

I don’t have as many funny little sayings as I did last year as your vocabulary has expanded so much (although a few of these ‘Mushroom-isms‘ still apply!) but I love the way you think about things and you often offer me wise advice, telling me when I’m stressed that I should ‘just be like a baby and play all day’ because, you’ve noticed, babies don’t get stressed. There’s a whole other blog post in that! On that note, you’re still as sensitive and empathetic as you’ve always been, although you have your moments and like to push the boundaries every now and then… You’re very grumpy and emotional when tired (can’t think where you get that from!) but generally your nature is pretty laid-back and loving.

This year the changes have been more subtle – your favourite TV prgrammes have progressed from Peppa Pig to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and you like the old Hero Turtles series we found on YouTube, which reminds me of your Uncle L at your age!) and you fight bedtime a little less now that you’re starting to drop your nap but essentially you’re still the same… Just a little more… You.

I’m sure school will be a great adventure for you and I’m looking forward to seeing you grow even more as you (and me!) negotiate the new challenges this will bring.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI think this year can probably be summed up with one particular conversation we keep having, where I call you ‘baby’ and you shout “I’m NOT a baby!” but then won’t go to bed without me there to hold your hand because “I’m only little.” You’re so desperate to grow up but when it comes down to it, in many ways you’re still a baby. And you know what? You’ll always be my baby.

Love you to the moon and back,

Mummy x




Nature in the city 10: An Easter treat at Brooks Farm

2015-04-02 12.31.26Spring is finally here!

I’ve talked before about what this season means to me and how I associate it with new beginnings and this year is no different. We didn’t have any big plans this year – other than eating chocolate! – so when Easter rolled round (pun intended, sorry!) we decided to celebrate by heading back to Brooks Farm for the morning.

Last year we saw some baby goats and were a little disappointed not to see any lambs… Well this year we were blessed! We saw four little lambs and we learned that the cow is pregnant and her calf is due in June… So we will be back in June (if not before!) to meet the new arrival.

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We talked a bit about babies and whether we would see any piglets this year (Mushroom loves the pigs and we enjoyed watching them grow last summer) but we were regularly interrupted by a screaming peacock.

Peacock shouting at the 'competition'_MotheringMushroom

Mushroom asked why he was screaming and, with the help of one of the farm volunteers, I explained that he was screaming at his reflection as he thought it was another male peacock and he wanted to be the only man! A little later, we were looking at the herb garden, followed round by the peahen, who was making a bit of noise herself. Mushroom said she was probably “telling Mr Peacock to stop shouting”. We talked a bit about peacocks and peahens and how and why they look different before wandering over to see the rabbits, most of whom were… er,  a little busy! Before Mushroom could ask any questions about this we were blessed with  beautiful distraction…

Fed up with screaming at the ‘competition’, the peacock flew across to a prime location (within the hen’s gaze) to strutt his stuff. Mushroom was impressed with the flying, saying “Look Mummy!” but when he opened his feathers and turned to show them off he was dumbstruck. After a few minutes he whispered “He is  so beautiful.”

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He really is, isn’t he?

After looking all around the farm one more time, saying hello to the ducks and goats and stopping for some ice cream from the farm cafe, we headed out to play in the adventure playground, which is built to make the most of the natural surroundings.

So, we had chocolate eggs, ice cream and sweets for Easter but for Mushroom, ‘Mr Peacock’ opening his feathers was his real Easter treat!

I am linking this post up to Coombe Mill‘s Country Kids . Click on the image below to find out more.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Doodles, Spots, Stripes and Squiggles | A Parragon Book Buddies review

Mushroom’s favourite way to spend time indoors is to create. Building with bricks, sculpting with play dough, sticking, painting, drawing and colouring are high on the list of his favourite activities.

So when we received a copy of Doodles, Spots, Stripes and Squiggles from Parragon Books this month he was very excited. “A colouring book? For me? It’s so big! There’s so much things to colour!”

Doodles, Spots, Stripes and Squiggles

We’ve loved all of the books we’ve received from Parragon so far and this is no exception. For me, it was win-win as finding something we can do together, that I also enjoy, is always a bonus.

Each page of this book is partially illustrated with images and patterns to get the imagination going. The idea is that it inspires the artist in your child (and you, if you’re anything like me!) to get creative and continue the doodles to create their own masterpiece.

Here’s Mushroom creating some of his own artwork from the prompts:

We both find creating very therapeutic, and when either one of us is on the verge of a tantrum (yes, us parents have them too!) it’s a great diversion and a way to bring us back to the present by doing something together that makes us happy.

Disclosure: Mushroom and I are Parragon Book Buddies and receive a new book to read and review each month. All views are our own. Read my full PR and disclosure policy here.

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